The Clock That DOESN'T Work

When we first moved into our house after spending at leasts 2 years to design and build it start to finish, I couldn't wait to get onto designing already (which actually started before moving thanks to my understanding hubby!) It is a constant process....

So, onto our master bath, which I love, love, LOVE!!! But I'm still working on the space that surrounds the jacuzzi tub.  Right above the towel rack here I just REALLY wanted to put a big thick framed clock.  Here's the beauty (found at Ross or TJMaxx or something??):

I LOVE IT! However, about 3 weeks after hanging it on the wall...it stopped. Just plain stopped. Not the ticking though! You can actually hear a little tick, but in this pict. here you can see better:

It's always 12:18!

Now, I thought for sure that there is something out there I can fix this quite easily, but I've somehow never gotten around to it. I keep putting it off, and putting it off, and putting it off. Do you have something like that??? :-)

Then it dawned on me....life is full of so many responsibilities, and when I come in here, into this wonderful serene and relaxing space, I really don't want to know what time it is.

I want to look at this jar of shells and think of all the adventures
I've been on with my husband and kids. I want to just let.time.stop.

So I think because I love this clock so much, I'm going to keep it,
not just for wall decor - but as a reminder to let myself slow down.

What do you think? Is that crazy???
(It's okay if you do - I'm keeping it like that anyway)  :-)

On the other side of the tub however is this wall - empty.

What to do??? Hmmm....I'm thinking some thick wrought iron plaques maybe? Not to mention window treatments. I'd love to hear your input!

Coming up next.....a great little side table!

Enjoy your day!




Ok friends and fans...I've been dying to set-up a giveaway for you since I had the wonderful experience of winning a gift card myself from Kristy at Hyphen Interiors for Nice Rakc.

I love the upcycled purse I got to pick!

So, I am going to ask you to please spread the word to your friends about RustiChic.  Either through Facebook or on this site, when RustiChic reaches 100 fans, I will organize a giveaway just for you!

I can't wait!

~Anneke   ;-)


Custom French Country Table Set

This was a great table set that my friend recently asked me if I could fix up. I said, "I'd love to", of course!  This was a very old table set in the family and needed a little TLC, but wasn't in too bad of shape for it's age.

We went from faded yellow and putty gray to Distressed Creamy White with a Light Mocha Glaze and High Gloss Black table top.

A little closer look....

I love the French styling and curves.

 I love how it turned out, and she picked a really pretty fabric.  Here are some pictures that my friend took in it's use.

 And the BEFORE:

BIG difference huh? I'm SO glad they love it!



Life Is More Than "Things"

I am so excited, like many of you, about the relationships I make along the way in this journey called life.  One of those relationships for our family is with a family through my husband's work at the Fire Department.

This past Tuesday evening, June 21st, I got to attend a fundraising dinner here:

for their beautiful 6 year old daughter Tessa

who has a disease called Juvenile Myositis or JM.

And I was beyond excited to donate a couple spa benches to support their goal of raising money to find a cure for Tessa and others who have JM!

Here is one of the benches that was up for auction (I unfortunately didn't get a picture of the other one - just think distressed creamy shabby color) :


This was a great opportunity to try some new distressing techniques! For a little technical info., we've got major distressing (think hammer, screws, nail punches, even lettering - which is unfortunately hard to see in the picture - it says CURE JM on the lower left bottom shelf), wood conditioner, onyx stain, dark walnut stain, onyx stain, and high gloss clear coat. It looks pretty substantial in person, and I was happy that it brought in a terrific amount for the fundraiser!


So, being with great friends and people to support Tessa, her family, and other families with JM is yet another reminder to me that the wonderful and beautiful things we create, purchase, and invest in, are really nothing without the ones we love.  And while the "things" in life "speak to us" in different ways, our family and friends infuse the specialness of these things into our life.

If you would like to learn more about JM or make a donation, please take the time to visit one of the following websites!

Thanks and have a GREAT weekend! I'm off to run on Saturday for my first half-marathon ever on TeamTessa - yeah!  What are you up too? (fyi- if it's relaxing, I'm jealous!) :-)



What in the world happened???.....oh yeah, L.I.F.E.!

So Literally every day I think about all the things I would LOVE to share with you...all the projects, ideas, tips, and special finds. BUT....actually finding time to write about them has not exactly been the easiest. Forgive me as I am on a major learning curve!

Needless to say, I have been completely occupied helping my hubby get our other house ready to sell (or rent? in this market). Guess what expertise I got to bring to the table? Yup...color selection, painting (like EVERYTHING!), and finishes. It has been fun, but of course not going quite as quickly as we'd like. Life happens, especially with a 2, 3, and 5 year old!

I'm definitely wanting to share a few posts on the whole process, but I can only share so much before it is officially done, done. :-). Here is a sneak peak of the kitchen countertops we had installed.

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!!! (oh wait...TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES...SO frustrating, I apologize)

Well, it sure beats the before. Once I find a picture, you'll get the shock and awe, but for now all I can say is 60's yellow laminate! Ack! These are the kinds of things that make you ask, "Now why didn't I do this so much sooner?!"

So be prepared for much more blogging, and please bear with me as I am learning and organizing this site to make it easier for YOU!

Thank you friends!

Anneke :-)